GIFT/DRAFT’s second 2017 performance, March 18

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, Jason E Anderson

Matt Carlson. Photo: Valerie Calano

Our second show of 2017 could prove to be one of this series’ least ‘accessible’ presentations, but that didn’t seem to deter people; there were many new faces and really large turnout!  I was extremely happy about this, as the quad setup and video projection made this one of my more complex setups at the Chapel.

Jason E Anderson. Video: Emily Pothast

After announcing the performance, I began my set (Jason E Anderson), mostly hidden behind a ridiculous amount of hardware hear, which was driven by a computer running Supercollider programmed to generate control voltages to automate a modular synth and send MIDI notes to Roland MKS-70 (which is the Twin Peaks synth in a box).  I won’t speak to how this was received, but it wasn’t as much of a train wreck as I thought it’d be!

Jeff Witscher’s performance probably hit the hardest, pushing the volume to the limits of what the space will allow.  His set contained both 100% synthetic tones and enhanced field recordings/foley sounds edging towards the artificial, played back via computer. What struck me the most was his use of space–dynamic gestures made of noisy textures and clean tones, but punctuated with varying moments of silence.  His accompanying video was very much coming out of Witscher’s visual repertoire: a sort of autobiographical view into his world through a collage of symbols captured to video from a phone… an odd blend of comedic and beautiful.

Matt Carlson. Video: Emily Pothast

Matt Carlson’s performance was a bewildering assault of a seemingly unlimited set of modular synth patches, punctuated by word fragments and presented in 4-channel quad surround sound.  This was synthetic maximalism taken to the next level.  Carlson performed his piece using a mic and a sampling keyboard setup (NI Kontakt, computer, midi keyboard), mapping each key to a massive array of custom modular synth patches and voice recordings.  Each of these sounds were then assigned to different locations throughout the speaker array.  Sounds glided and jumped from one place to the next, occasionally colliding in such a way that sentences seemed to form around you. It was impressive to listen to such large assortment of sounds and witness how they could form a specific logic together.

A special shoutout to: James Watkins for again running video and lights, to Robert (RM) Francis for managing the door and merch, to Steve Peters/Wayward Music Series for making the show possible, and to audience for pitching in on the cleanup!

Garrincha & the Stolen Elk in Seattle!

April 29th

I wanted to hip everyone to a couple shows happening this Friday in Seattle.  The first one is an afternoon show at the Hedreen Gallery on 12th ave on Capitol Hill featuring Stella Haze – Cristin’s first show since August.  If you can take time out of work (if you work) then I highly recommend going to this – she’s been incorporating some new gear into the mix to process her voice and has been writing some killer patches!  I hear there’s free food available too…

Later that night, Sam of Debacle Records is hosting a show at the Josephine in Ballard.  It’s a super fresh lineup put together for the duo Garinncha & the Stolen Elk.  I’ve heard the recent tape they put out on Stunned Records and it’s a totally insane mix of influences, ranging from punk to free jazz to synth music, which can only lead to good things in live performance!  Also performing that night is Derek Monypeny and Seattle locals:  Megabats, Panabrite, Summon Thrull & Harpoon Pole Vault.

April 29, 2011:
Hedreen Gallery
-12 NOON – House Systems presents Stella Haze

The Josephine – 9PM – Harpoon Pole Vault, Garrincha & the Stolen Elk, Panabrite, Megabats, Summon Thrull, Derek Monypeny